Ruth Board Aprajay Golash

Dr Ruth Board, Consultant Medical Oncologist and Mr Aprajay Golash, Consultant Neuro Surgeon, from Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, are Co-Chairs of the Lancashire & South Cumbria Metastatic Spinal Cord Compression (MSCC) Network Site Specific Group (NSSG).

The MSCC NSSG is a reporting sub-group of the Lancashire & South Cumbria Acute Oncology Network Group.

The role and purpose of the MSCC NSSG is to improve the experience and outcomes for MSCC patients in the Lancashire & South Cumbria Cancer Network. This involves consideration of strategies and plans for service improvement and service development across the patient pathway, incorporating all aspects of care at appropriate stages of the patient's journey. The aim is to achieve the best possible outcomes and best quality of life for all patients who use MSCC services within the Network.

The MSCC NSSG:

  • Is the Network's primary source of clinical opinion on issues relating to MSCC;
  • Reports to the NAOG
  • Is the Group with corporate responsibility, delegated by the NAOG, for co-ordination and consistency across the Network for policy, practice guidelines, audit and service improvement relating to MSCC;
  • Is the Group with corporate responsibility, delegated by the NAOG, for the management of MSCC and implementation of the acute oncology measures as applied to MSCC;
  • Will consult with the relevant cross-cutting Network groups on issues involving chemotherapy, cancer imaging, histopathology and laboratory investigation and specialist palliative care; and with the Head of Service on issues involving radiotherapy.

The Constitution and Terms of Reference for the MSCC NSSG are contained within the Acute Oncology Network Group documents.